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  1. You can use DISKPART too, I feel it's a better tool for this type of thing: C:\> ECHO LIST VOL | DISKPART | FIND "NTFS" Volume 1 C System NTFS Partition 20 GB Healthy System Replace NTFS with CDFS to find the CDROM's. You'll have to do some parsing of the results, but this is cleaner and quicker than most methods.
  2. Just download the latest full installer versions from Adobe: Firefox Plugin Internet Explorer ActiveX Install with /S switch. It's really simple, and the above installers don't have that "Ask Toolbar" or other spyware riddled crap.
  3. From my experience this would be a bad thing to do. Syspreping with ANY applications installed is a bad idea. The problem is that Microsoft's Sysprep utility does not change SIDS and CLSID's that it is not aware of. There are also registry permissions that would get fouled up. If attempted, it may even "seem to work". However, you are very likely to have a PC that crashes unexpectedly all the time. I am a firm believer that Syspreping in this manner is the main reason Microsoft Windows is seen to be "Unstable" by many people. Windows is exrememly stable if installed properly.
  4. That's a great list, thanks 03GrandAmGT
  5. You can't find it in plain text in the registry, you need a KeyFinder to decode it for you.
  6. Thanks for the info Mr Jinje! I'll definitely try the RSAT and report back.
  7. It doesn't make sense though. In Windows (with the exception of terminal server) you can't have multiple sessions of the same user account active at the same time. And separate accounts all have separate temp directory locations. Am I wrong here? I'm only asking this because I was running in to a huge problem installing ESET Remote Administrator on a newly installed pristine Windows Server 2008 box. The installation program was using the user settings from the registry and the modified one with the appended directory. This caused it to bomb out big time. I finally fixed the problem by setting the user tmp/temp variables to point to the appended temp directory.
  8. Does anyone know what's going on here: In Windows Server 2008 and 2008R2 The TEMP and TMP directory settings are set in the System Properties (like previous versions). However, when I open a command prompt or open explorer in the %TEMP% directory the setting is appended with a subdirectory. The subdirectory is a number and seems to correlate to the session you are currently working under. For example, if I have the user TEMP variable set to C:\TEMP in system properties and I open a command prompt window and type, "ECHO %TEMP%" the result will be C:\TEMP\1\ (see screenshot). Why is Windows doing this, and how do I turn it off?
  9. You make a script that is used to launch the program, instead of directly pointing to the exe file. The script could use tasklist.exe to see how many instances of the program are running and react accordingly.
  10. The only way I know id to check the security log on the domain controller using event viewer. Do a search for the users logon name.
  11. [GuiUnattended] AdminPassword=* EncryptedAdminPassword=NO AutoLogon=Yes AutoLogonCount=5 OEMSkipRegional=1 TimeZone=004 OemSkipWelcome=1
  12. Wow! BCD's are really registry hives? ... I got to check this out.
  13. MrJinje, you are my hero! I knew there had to be a way to easily add default user profile settings! This is fantastic news! I don't have enough exclamation points to convey my joy! I've been trying to get an answer on this from Microsoft, and it seems even their "experts" are ignorant. Check out the bottom of this thread where I ask Microsoft's "Deployment Guys" about this (last comment). Now I can go back to recursively loading reg files, like I used to do at T-12 in XP/2003.
  14. Hi Leen2 - this is a fantastic explanation! And I'm in the process of developing a deployment for 2003 exactly along your lines. I am curious, do you open up the install.wim for any modifications (hotfixes and the like)? And how you handle the default user profile settings? I'd love to see your vbs script for making the unattend.xml - but I understand if you don't want to share it. I boot WinPE using PXE boot (DHCP and TFTP run on Linux) and call the setup from there - I haven't even tried the convoluted mess that is WDS. I create the WinPE 3.0 image manually from the just the WAIK (injecting my own startnet.cmd) - when it starts up the BCD asks you if you want to load the 32 or 64 bit version of WinPE. The way you do WinPE is new to me, does it handle both 32 and 64 bit OS installations?
  15. Add this to your startnet.cmd in WinPE: FOR /F %%i in ('DIR /B /ON "%SystemRoot%\inf\oem*.inf"') do ( @ECHO Installing %%~ni DRVLOAD "%SystemRoot%\inf\%%~i" > NUL ) Custom driver are injected in WinPE and their INF files are re-named to start with OEM. This little scriptlet loads all drivers at startup.
  16. This is driving me nuts too. I think it's time to search for a 3rd party replacement for Windows Explorer - it is hopelessly flawed; horrible search, and directory tree navigation. I wonder if they still make XTGold
  17. I've found in PE you have to inject the drivers using peimg (or dism), then edit the startnet.cmd file and drvload them also. You could use a Diskpart script and the "rescan" command.
  18. Ah well, I guess I don't quite understand what you mean when you say HDD install. Are you physically opening up these systems you are building and installing a hard drive with the deployment system on it? Then booting to the deployment hard drive to install Win7 to the originally installed hard drive? Because if that's the case, then wow... I can see why you're having problems.
  19. Wouldn't it be easier for you to boot the system to WinPE from an external USB hard (or flash) drive?
  20. Good info. I'll be setting up a VMWare environment in a week or so and I'll keep this in mind. It's a shame Vsphere licensing is so ridiculous. Running a basic VSphere (with vmotion) environment on two servers (each with 2 cpus, and shared storage) costs upwards of $15K! The job I have coming up, they declined to pay that kind of money for VSphere. So now I'll be stuck using Hyper-V or ESX. It makes me mad, but I can understand where the client is coming from. On another note, I've been doing development work on Vmware, basically testing PXE/WinPE3.0 deployment. I can't find a Win7 driver (to integrate in to PE) for VMWare's virtual PCNet NIC driver. Windows Update doesn't have one, and there's absolutely nothing on the net.
  21. Sometimes you just have to install the driver on a test machine, and then find the .INF file for the driver. Then look in the .INF file and figure out the driver files it is referencing. It's a pain. In the past I used IcemanND's awesome DriverBackup utility to do this. But sadly, it doesn't work in Win7
  22. This is fantastic. I'd love to see the source for this...
  23. Wow, I had no idea about this. Things are sure getting Unix-ish with nowadays. Thanks for the info!

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